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Yanukovych state treason case: Anti-Maidan movement participant testifies in court

Crimea-based Oksana Mediyeva considers herself a victim of 'radicals' who allegedly attacked her during the Euromaidan revolution in Crimea
12:46, 21 March 2018

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Obolon district court of Kyiv continues to look into the state treason case of Viktor Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian leader who faces charges with several tough crimes against the Ukrainian state. On Tuesday, the jury heard the evidence of Oksana Mediyeva, the resident of Crimea and the participant of Anti-Maidan movement (the pro-Russian movement, which emerged and faded during the revolutionary events of Euromaidan, - 112 International). Mediyeva appeared before the court in the video conference mode from Simferopol, in the annexed Crimea. 

The witness, who back then worked at a local NGO funded by the pro-Russian party of Regions (currently disbanded, - 112 International), considers herself a victim of 'radicals' who allegedly attacked her during the Euromaidan revolution in Crimea. She charged some 'Maidan activists' who allegedly beat her up so strong she ended up in a hospital.

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Mediyeva said she knew nothing about Yanukovych's whereabouts in February 2014, neither she witnessed the seizure of power in Crimea in late February 2014, when armed Russian troops captured the governmental buildings across the peninsula. As the woman was at the hospital at the time, she said she learned about the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine from her friends and relatives - and the newsreels.

When the prosecutor asked Mediyeva if she supported the forceful annexation of Crimea, she replied: 'At first, me and many of my friends wanted Crimea to stay with Ukraine. But my position changed; you see, whenever there is a crime, the law enforcers should intervene and take action. The Ukrainian policemen stood next to me and did nothing as they beat me up. The Ukrainian government did not protect us. So, yes, I supported Crimea's union with Russia. I loved Ukraine, but that was before I faced these inadequate people - common citizens,' she said.

As of Wednesday noon, the court session in the state treason case continues.

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